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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Aljazeera.]

A South African model who was allegedly attacked by Zimbabwe’s first lady has asked a court to annul the government’s decision to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Willie Spies, a lawyer from AfriForum – a civil rights group that has given legal backing to the alleged victim, Gabriella Engels – said on Thursday that South Africa’s foreign minister “misinterpreted the law” by “recognising the immunities and privileges” of Mugabe.

“[Maite Nkoana-Mashabane] applied the wrong principles,” Spies told AFP news agency, adding a hearing into the case would start on September 19.

Court documents seen by AFP also ask the court to declare the diplomatic immunity decision “does not confer immunity from prosecution”.

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